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Job Ref:  135021BR
Employer:  AECOM
Country:  Kenya
City:  Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya (Show on map)
30/09/2016 11:53

Why Choose AECOM?
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees - including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals - serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine's annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World's Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients' projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at NA.

About the Business Line
AECOM's Global Support Services (GSS) organization resides within AECOM's Government business line and is comprised of three divisions - International Development, Operations and Mission Support, and Global Programs. GSS has the international presence, personnel networks and procurement infrastructure to deliver support for any mission, anywhere. We optimize the reliability, availability and sustainability of equipment, logistics systems and facilities for clients around the world. GSS supports the U.S. Government, non-U.S. Governments and industry clients with worldwide program management, planning, design, operations and maintenance, logistics, aviation services, security, international development, environmental and civil engineering and mission and intelligence support.

Job Summary
AECOM is implementing the Somalia Transition Initiatives for Stabilization Plus (TIS ) Program to promote good governance and community cohesion. The objectives of this contract are to: 1) Increase confidence in governance based on equitable participation in decision making and management of community assets. 2) Empower community and government representatives to engage with private sector and development actors in a collaborative process for community growth. 3) Increase Somali engagement in creating a more stable future. 4) Support inclusive, sustainable development by reducing gender gaps in stabilization and development.


The TIS Program requires sound leadership, strong program organizational management and excellent communication skills, as well as political and security analysis abilities. The Deputy Chief of Party will work closely with and support the Chief of Party (COP) efforts to make key programming decisions and solve problems in short timeframes, while ensuring operational integrity. Overall technical direction is provided by the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and supervised by the COP, with the DCOP responsible for the oversight of the Pool of In-kind Activities (PIKA) portfolio. The DCOP will oversee the daily management, designing, analyzing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of all PIKA. Other components of the PIKA portfolio under the DCOP responsibility include production of annual work plans, strategic rationale for program geographic expansion, M&E for all PIKA awards, strategic communications, success stories and regular reporting (weekly, quarterly and annually) to USAID.

The DCOP will work closely with technical, engineering, operational and program development staff to ensure worthiness of all PIKA initiatives, adherence to USG rules and regulations, quality control for the TIS database and timely and secure information management and documentation in the program's One-Source information management system. The DCOP must be flexible, pragmatic and able to think creatively to implement activities in a sustainable, responsive manner. Additionally, the DCOP must be willing to travel to Somalia at least 25% of the time and carry out other tasks assigned by the COP, to ensure proper management of the contract.

Minimum Requirements
  • At least five (5) years managing projects overseas of similar scale, scope, and technical focus, with at least one of those years in a fragile state context
  • Advanced degree (or a bachelor's degree with an additional five (5) years' experience managing projects overseas of similar scale, scope and technical focus) in peace-building, conflict management, social sciences, international development, international relations/affairs, business, management, political science, law or other related field
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with communities, civil society, local government representatives, and other stakeholders
  • Experience with the design and administration of in-kind grants under contract.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Work experience in Somalia with professional fluency in Somali language preferred

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous USAID experience

What We Offer
AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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